Kate Walsh was recently spotted shopping on Melrose in sunny Los Angeles, carrying a tan leather Celine Edge Bag. The appropriately named Edge has been around for a couple of seasons now, and although it’s not quite as visible as the Luggage Tote or Trapeze, it’s still a pretty neat little piece of handbag design. Personally, I think it deserves a little extra love from Celine enthusiasts.

In case you missed the news, Kate’s show Private Practice wrapped up its final season this year. You’d think after eight years of playing the same character, Kate might take a little respite from acting, but it’s been quite the opposite in fact. She has a whopping five projects on tap for release in 2014.

Celine Dion’s lust for Celine bags can clearly not be sated by just one. (Can’t say we blame her.) Here she is carrying a sublimely navy blue calf leather Celine Classic Box Bag with gold hardware, while ambling around Paris with her husband. She does seem to exhibit a strong preference for the Celine Box – she carried a leopard calf hair and black leather version of the same bag just a few weeks ago. Celine and Celine! It makes me happy for reasons I needn’t articulate.

Celine is having a particularly good month, career-wise – she just released “Loved Me Back To Life”, her highest charting album since 2003, and it was recently announced that she’ll be hosting a CBS X-mas special “A Home for the Holidays”, which is set to air on December 18th. She’s also about to embark on a European tour, and she’ll be resuming her Vegas show at Caesar’s Palace in the summer of 2014.

By now, most of you have probably considered the advantages and disadvantages of buying a Celine bag. They’re beautiful! But they’re everywhere. They’re modern! But they’re everywhere. We’ve spent some time thinking about the exact same conundrums, and we’ve got one piece of advice, plus ten reasons to back it up: you really should go ahead and pull the trigger on a Celine bag if you love it.

My job can be described in a lot of ways. Blogger, fashion writer, managing editor. Once in a blue moon, I might actually commit acts of journalism. What I am all the time, though, is a professional enabler. I spend my entire workday fantasy-shopping so that I may help assuage your doubts about potential purchases, should you be looking to have them assuaged. I’ve spent more time thinking about Celine bags, their price points and their merits than I care to admit or is probably healthy. I’ve come to some conclusions, which I’ve enumerated below. Happy shopping, if that’s the way you go.

Celine, meet Celine! Here’s Celine Dion, returning to her NYC hotel, clutching a Celine Classic Box Bag in leopard calf hair and black leather. This Celine-on-Celine action particularly tickles me because enterprising streetwear entrepreneurs have already emblazoned parody t-shirts with the Celine Dion name in the style of Celine’s brand logo. (Here’s an example on eBay.) Seeing Celine carrying something from the French brand is like a hilarious fashion dream come true.

The temptation to carry a high-dollar bag that bears your own name (sort of) is probably just too great. If “Emily” bags were suddenly a thing, sheer vanity would probably drive me to buy one. Of course, Celine could just be drawn to Celine’s bags for the same reasons the rest of us are: because they’re gorgeous. But it’s probably the name, right? She does have a famously good sense of humor.

For an experience that’s supposed to be so lovely and luxurious, shopping for fashion can be everything from frustrating to dehumanizing, and it can be those things all too often for some shoppers. Over the past week, Barneys’ New York flagship store has been hit by allegations that it surreptitiously called the cops on two paying customers for nothing other than having the temerity to be black while buying something expensive. One of those customers, Kayla Phillips, says she was targeted after buying a Celine Luggage Tote.

Unless you fit the narrow, impeccably dressed profile of what many luxury stores consider to be the kind of people to whom they’d like to cater, you probably know what it’s like to get a dirty look or be totally ignored while trying to spend your hard-earned dollars on a handbag. As a young, non-skinny woman with pink hair, I rarely get attention from sales associates at high-end stores unless I’m carrying an uber-conspicuous handbag or a large shopping bag from an equally elite store. As embarrassing as it can be to try to flag down assistance from someone who has already judged you as poor, distasteful or both, I can’t even imagine what it would be like to complete a purchase with your own money, leave the store and then get stopped by the cops. I can’t fathom that sort of humiliation while shopping, or why store employees feel they have a right to treat anyone like that.

Barneys, for its part, denies that any of its associates called the cops on anyone and that it was the NYPD itself that decided to question the African-American shoppers once they left the store. The NYPD, on the other hand, insists that they were summoned by employees. No matter who started the ball rolling down hill, the assumptions inherent in both incidents are clear: if a young black person has enough money to buy something expensive, it’s not because she worked hard and saved money, or she, like so many people in New York City, just has money to spend on silly things like handbags. It’s because she stole something. In the end, the implication is that nice things aren’t meant for those people. Fashion certainly benefits monetarily from its close association with hip-hop (an association which is only getting closer), but if you want to stroll into a high-end store and expect high-end service, you best be Rihanna.

Over the weekend, several fashion industry vets on Twitter linked to Horacio Silva’s 2007 New York Times Critical Shopper column about the opening of the Tom Ford boutique on Madison Avenue. Silva didn’t have the cops called on him, but he was treated like he didn’t belong in the store on his first visit, shoo’d away from personal shopping areas and mostly left to wander the store without assistance, as though no employees wanted to encourage him to remain in the store longer than he might otherwise be inclined. (On a second visit, after the staff had been tipped off to his place of employment, Silva got the white glove treatment.) Fashion retail has had a tough time walking the line between “exclusive” and “exclusionary” for quite some time, and it looks like scant progress has been made. If you don’t look the part, down to the color of your skin, good luck finding someone to help you lighten your wallet.

Have you been profiled at a high-end boutique or department store because of your ethnicity, weight or general appearance? Let us know about it in the comments.

First, as with all posts covering Celine handbags lookbooks, a caveat: the brand refers to the season that most of fashion calls “resort” as “spring” and the season that most of fashion calls “spring” as “summer. So, what you see here are technically Celine Spring 2014 Handbags, but they’re from the brand’s resort collection, in the larger scheme of things. (Meaning that they’ll be available sooner, so – yay.) If you’ve been a Celine fan or handbag lover in general for the past few seasons, you probably know what to expect.

The collection includes tons of Celine’s hits in new color combinations and leathers, including new Luggage Totes, Trapeze Bags and Cabas Totes of both the bicolored and zipper-gusseted varieties. Also available are new versions of what Celine is calling the Celine Tie Tote, which was new for Winter 2013 and plays on the wide-gusseted structure of the Luggage Tote, but with (you guessed it) a knotted handle attachment. For winter, the bags where shown with their top flap closures exposed, but in these product images, they’re tucked in. The bag is much, much more attractive for that styling decision – what looked so overwrought last time we discussed it now looks substantially more refined.

For many of the most high-brands, the bags that appear on the runway differ significantly from the bags for which consumers will be clamoring several months after the show. That’s perhaps nowhere truer than it is at Celine, where Phoebe Philo consistently shows conceptual, difficult-to-carry bags and then turns around and sells Luggage Totes and Trapeze Bags hand-over-fist six months later. Celine’s runway bags often get at the heart of where accessories are headed, though, whether it be blank-slate pouch clutches or bold colorblocking. For Celine’s Spring 2014 Handbags, it’s…well, it’s a little complicated.

The message of the manner of dressing advocated through the collection’s clothes was communicated clearly, but less so for the accessories, which are usually a more straightforward, market-conscious endeavor, even on the runway. Instead of that, we got sack bags with giant, asymmetric tubular handles splayed open, plus some of Celine’s always-popular pouches, this time with rings in the central to display a contrasting leather color beneath. Oh, and fringe. A ton of fringe in unexpected places, spilling out of clutches and faux tote openings. As much as I want to be convinced that there’s brilliance in these bags, as there was in the rest of the collection, they felt like the show’s weakest point by far. That’s ok, though, because some other, non-runway Celine bags will be along in a few months to distract us all. Take a look at the evidence below and let us know what you think.

[Photos via Style.com]

Miranda Kerr was recently spotted carrying a beautiful navy Celine Luggage Tote and her adorable son Flynn around NYC. Navy is proving to be a huge color trend for fall. Several months ago, Amanda declared that navy blue was the new neutral, and I tend to agree. If Miranda can successfully match it with this black and pink patterned frock, it can truly go with anything.

As our regular readers know all too well, Miranda has one of the most prolific bag collections of almost any celebrity – you can check it out in its full glory in “The Many Bags of Miranda Kerr” and “The Many Bags of Miranda Kerr Part Two”. Also, if any one out there knows who designed Miranda’s dress, I’m dying to know!

September’s already been very good to Kate Upton – she snagged the coveted Model of the Year award at the Style Awards this week, and she’s currently doing her best Marilyn Monroe impersonation on the cover of the most recent issue of Vanity Fair, which celebrates the publication’s 100th anniversary. Here she is arriving in NYC for the Style Awards, carrying a Celine Crocodile Luggage Tote. You can shop authentic, pre-owned Celine bags at Portero.

While most Celine croc bags are simply croc-embossed leather, only authentic croc skin will do for the 2013 Model of the Year! That’s right, this one is the real deal Holyfield. We can’t verify this croc Celine’s exact price, but a python version of this bag currently retails for $5,600, so an authentic croc version would very likely be several thousand above that.

I spend a ton of time on the PurseForum checking out members bag reveals, and trust me, it’s something you don’t want to miss. Each time a member reveals a new acquisition, it seems the purchase is being undressed, from the ribbon on the box, to the sleeper bag, to finally revealing the new bag itself. I did a little shopping over the weekend, and before I knew it, I was walking out of the Celine store with a new bag.

I decided my reveal should be a production, with my favorite sweets and my favorite new arm candy. Watch my new baby come to life! (more…)

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